7 Tips for Summer Cleaning and Home Maintenance

7 Tips for Summer Cleaning and Home Maintenance

As that warm weather (in most places) rolls around this year, cleaning and managing your home for upcoming family gatherings and guests can be a little hectic when first kicking off the season.

Summer cleaning doesn’t have to be an undesirable task, in fact, you should take pride in your home, so check out the following 7 pieces of advice and tips for maximizing your summer cleaning efforts!

1. Get the little ones involved! Don’t be afraid to assign (age appropriate) cleaning tasks to your little ones or spouse – so that you can collaborate on cleaning your home post-winter together as a team. The more the merrier, and this will also help cut back on total time required to clean your home and prepare for the hot, summer season to come.

2. Dust down places high and low, and consider changing air filters on any types of devices, air-conditioner equipment, and ventilation shafts throughout your home that likely built up bacteria or debris from the previous season.

3. Before storing all of those pillows, comforters, and sheets from the previous season make sure you wash them thoroughly, and hang dry them outside to maximize removal of harmful bacterial, dirt built up, and any possible critters that might have accumulated on them over time unknown to you and your family.

4. Take your family shopping to the local department store and pick out fun, family-styled mats to put on the interior and exterior of each of your doorways. Thanks to hotter climate, bacteria, bugs, and dirt really become common throughout this season, so make this an integral part of your summer cleaning efforts!

5. Wipe down, dry, and clean all of your windows interior and exteriors throughout your home. Make sure you use a microfiber or gentle cloth to prevent smudging, and get off all that icky’ bacteria and dirt build-up from previous seasons.

6. Vacuum and ‘suck up’ any and all dirt left behind on your rugs, mats, floors, and wipe down behind your beds and other hard-to-reach places because you can bet dust and dirt is likely to have built up over time. Don’t forget to dust the corners and ceilings if possible! If not, borrow a tall neighbor, spouse, or friend to get the job done right! Just be careful if you’re going to do it yourself, use a steady (preferably) ladder, or chair but try to make sure someone is spotting you for safety-sake.

7. Lastly, clean up and close up your fireplace if you have one, sweep the chimney with the necessary treating log or agent, and put away all related materials, wood, and tools to clear the path and make your home more “roomy”.

Summer cleaning doesn’t have to be a headache, and with the right game plan (and hopefully team players) it can be done the right way. If possible, try to go through this routine every month or two to maximize a clean, happy home environment.

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Cleaning Outdoor and Indoor Windows the Right Way

Cleaning Outdoor and Indoor Windows the Right Way

Cleaning windows, whether outside or in, doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With the right knowledge, product, and ingredients cleaning your windows can be a simpler, faster process.

For indoor windows, you can create and use a one part white vinegar solution for swift, effective cleaning of debris, dust, and dirt.

One of the biggest mistakes homeowners – and car owners – make when cleaning windows is using soap chemicals without wiping down the window first. It’s important to focus wiping off the heavier dirt build up, debris, and insect guts that have accumulated over time. A more thoroughly cleaning guarantees a cleaner window for a longer period of time.

Using a microfiber, paper towel, or black and white newspaper are all effective materials to use to get the most out cleaning your windows. It is worth noting however that sometimes multiple applications are necessary for cleaning windows, and sometimes letting the soap, or water and vinegar “sit” on the window, as this helps to break-down dirt build-up is necessary.

In preparation for cleaning your windows it’s helpful to already have a bucket for rinsing, and one for mixing the soap or chemicals if possible. Whether it’s inside or outdoor windows, be sure to use Z-like wiping motions to really get all the dirt off and improve dirt-removal. Using this technique also helps to prevent smudges, smearing, and missing spots!

Cleaning windows outside although they appear tough, can actually be an easier process. If possible, use a hose to water down your window first – but make sure you check for cracks and that your windows are closed and secure!

With cleaning windows outside, you can use either a spray-bottle or mop, since you don’t have to worry about the water and chemicals spilling on the ground or working its way down.

Make a point to also wipe down and clean your screen. Even with a clean window, getting sunlight in or seeing beyond your window can be tough with dirty screens! Screens are metal, so you don’t have to worry about being ‘too tough’ or abrasive with the cleaning agents and materials.

Sometimes on both windows and screens mineral deposits and mucky water build overtime, or from using ‘hard water’ – typically caused by iron or copper in water.

Calcium, lime, and rust build-up are common troubles both with windows and window screens. This is where applying cleaning agents and letting it sit comes into play the most.

CLR is a perfect example of a tough, reliable cleaning agent that helps to build up some of the strongest, most stubborn sticky build-ups and other dirty and nasty muck or grime.

Believe it or not, even in light of both indoor and outdoor cleaning, using white vinegar diluted with water can be the strongest, most effective solution thanks to it’s natural, organic ingredients. Vinegar in it’s various forms is a natural acid, so removing bug-guts, mold, dirt build-up and grime is a cinch!

Cool water is found to typically be most effective on outdoor windows – barring it’s not winter. While warm-water on the other hand is usually optimal for indoor window-cleaning, as the heat helps to break away at dirt and debris build-up.

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The Best In Cleaning Services In St. Petersburg, FL

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Our staff have years of professional experience and our company is over 15 years old having serviced everything from homes, offices, hotels, motels, and more. We just don’t go in and vacuum and dust, no, we go in and do a full thorough job of analyzing your cleaning needs, what best materials to use, and know all the fabrics and textiles your home or office is made of. This allows us to use the right cleaning solutions to bring out the luster and color of your structure and furnishings without causing damage to any.


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Rental Condominium Cleaning Service in St Petersburg FL

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Vinegar Still Reigns As A Cleaning Giant

Vinegar Still Reigns As A Cleaning GiantVinegar has been used for cleaning ever since man found out its usefulness millenia ago. In today’s modern age of high tech wizardry, vinegar may have been overlooked by far too many people in regard to its effectiveness as an all around cleaner.

Fortunately, thanks to the Green movements and to old wives’ tales, Vinegar has made a resounding comeback of sorts as the go-to cleaner of choice. Most brand name cleaners use alcohol, and other chemicals added with fragrance to get the grime gone, but vinegar either full concentration o diluted with water does a job just as good if not better in some cases. It really depends on the types of dirt and stains, but overall, if you give vinegar a chance, ti will prove itself out.

Vinegar is more than just a cleaner though, it’s an antiseptic and one of the most powerful. Alcohol, ammonia, vinegar, all can be used as cleaner and antiseptic, with vinegar being the safest.

The sheer number of surfaces and materials you can use vinegar on are immense. There’s really no surface that it won’t work on, and when diluted well, it can act as laundry detergent does.

Carpenters can appreciate vinegar as a cleaning tool. Diluted properly it will clean wood, plastic, metal. Even those hard to clean places in specialized tools. Carpentry calls for astonishing skill and tools that must be maintained in top condition always. As wood is an organic material, vinegar is a wise choice as a cleaner. Same goes with antique tools that many top carpenters use. Some being handed down through the generations. Vinegar can keep them in fine condition but it’s best to study up on the concentration needed on those various surfaces.

Gardeners can appreciate vinegar as a cleaning solution. Those gardening tools can take a beating regarding dirt and a decent washing with vinegar not only cleans the surfaces but as an antiseptic is cleaning the tools even more. Same goes for containers like pots and so on. Garden decorations can benefit from vinegar as well. Put some in a spray bottle diluted with water and bring some cleaning wipes and you’re good to go.

If you play video games and have an entertainment system at home, wiping down consoles, controls, and even the video screen can keep things hygienically clean and more. The vinegar won’t harm those space age plastics.

That goes for toys too. If you’ve wee ones at home and you know you’ve got to clean the toys, a vinegar solution should do the trick.

Sports equipment can use some vinegar for cleaning too. As usual, just make a solution and wipe off those baseballs and footballs, and tackle gear for fishing.

So to answer the question, “What can I use vinegar for to clean with?”, the truth of the matter is that just about everything can be a cleaning victory with vinegar.

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Battling Bacteria And Germs In The Kitchen

Battling Bacteria And Germs In The KitchenThe kitchen is the place where you prepare your foods. It cannot be compromised by bacteria or germs or the results could be both dangerous and even fatal. There should be no half stepping regarding yours and your family’s safety in this regard and there are practices and tips to minimize the risks.

You can’t get rid of all bacteria and germs but you can minimize their presence by following some specific practices. First you have to look at who and what enter your kitchen. Although we love them, we should keep pets out of the kitchen. They track in microbes from outside or from other pets or people and can do so in spots that you wouldn’t think they can access. If you can’t keep the pet out of the kitchen, then make sure you follow it around so that you can clean those spots that the critters get into. This means toys they chew on too.

The surfaces of the kitchen area are where the microbes rest on. Kitchen cleaning here calls for a cleaner that is a disinfectant that won’t harm the counter tops or table tops or the appliances nor are toxic to people. Using sponges and cloths are another area of kitchen cleaning that you have to be careful of. Sponges can be a place where bacteria thrives. You need to clean your sponges daily by dipping them in an anti-bacterial solution. Hot water doesn’t work unless you boil your sponges and also your cloths you use to clean with. Microbes can withstand incredible temperatures, but they can’t survive the chemicals and compounds that disrupt their biological functions such as a good anti-bacterial solution. Clean sponges and cloths daily. Find a bucket that you can place somewhere and at the end of the day, put the sponges and cloths in there with a good amount of disinfectant and water. The next morning, take them out and rinse. Have tow sets of cleaning cloths and sponges. One for day, one for night. This way you’ll have a readily available arsenal of kitchen cleaning materials.

Floors need a good mopping with disinfectant especially. If you walk around your kitchen in shoes and so do the other family members, there’s no telling how many microbes get onto the floor’s surface. Sweeping won’t do jack. You need to mop daily, especially if you have pets or babies that like to play on the floors. Ten minutes a day to clean that floor at night or in the morning means getting a foothold on preventing bacteria and germs from dominating.

Remember to wipe down appliances and handles once a day that see lots of activity like the fridge door handle and kitchen doorknobs. These places often miss the attention of the need for constant cleaning but are the most infected areas.

No need to mention the importance of disinfecting the sink or the table top where we eat. Overall, getting a great arsenal of disinfectant cleaning solutions, as simple as vinegar and water, and establishing a regimen of cleaning daily by all members of the household, you’ll have a kitchen cleaning procedure that all can take responsibility for and minimize the risks caused by those itty bitty critters of the microscopic kind.

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Vacation and Rental Condominium Cleaning Service in St Petersburg FL

European Maids offers Vacation and Rental Condominium Cleaning Service in St Petersburg and Clearwater  FL. Our cleaning company has been providing cleaning service for over 16 years.

Vacation and Rental Condominium Cleaning Service in St Petersburg FL

Vacation and Rental Condominium Cleaning Service in St Petersburg FL

Vacation and Rental Condominium Cleaning Service in St Petersburg FL

Vacation and Rental Condominium Cleaning Service in St Petersburg FL

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Home Cleaning for the Holidays

 Home Cleaning for the HolidaysThe holidays can be hectic. Whether it is preparing food for guests, running around to find presents, or keeping up with the other daily activities of living, there is always something going on in the winter months. With all of the moving pieces, it can be hard to keep a tidy home. Here are a few cleaning tips which will hopefully keep your house shining just as bright as the holiday lights do:

  1. Remove your shoes when inside the house. And make others do it as well. Shoes tend to track dirt and other unwanted things into the house, especially during the cold and wintery holiday months. It is easy to place a shoe rack or mat near the door which will let guests know to remove their shoes.
  2. Clean strategically. When cleaning, don’t just randomly clean bits and pieces, moving all around the room. Instead systematically start in one top corner and work your way around and then down. Remember, gravity is your friend here and you should utilize it properly. Dirt and dust falls down and then you just have to clean the floors.
  3. The windows are the openings to your home. Keep them and the window sashes clean. It will help reduce unwanted dust and dirt from outside making its way into your lovely home.
  4. Let cleaning solutions do their job. Cleaning solutions are made to get rid of dirt and grim. The chemical formulas are specifically tailored for a purpose, so let them do their job by letting them sit on whatever you are trying to clean before wiping away. This will reduce the amount of effort you need to put in in order to get that squeaky clean you desire.
  5. Use a squeegee in the bath and kitchen. It will help prevent mold and soap scum. Doing this even every few showers will help prevent a much bigger mess that you will have to clean up in the future.

Home cleaning during the holidays can be a chore, but there are a number of tips and methods you can use in order to limit the buildup of dirtiness as well as to clean more efficiently. Follow the easy steps above and watch as you have a much more relaxing holiday season and a much cleaner home to boot! Good luck with keeping the house clean and have a good holiday season!

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Following Through With Spring Cleaning Regimen

Following Through With Spring Cleaning RegimenIt’s like taking on an army. Like setting up a major battle with banners waving, trumpets blaring, and troops on the line. It’s the Spring cleaning, home cleaning time of year and it doesn’t have to be a major series of chores, but instead a fun time to get the family and maybe even friends to pitch in and see what wonders can be done.

Like any major military campaign, the enemy has to be identified. The enemy’s names are dirt, dust, clutter, refuse, and junk. Together they form a formidable advance series of antagonists only clear planning and diligence can overcome. You need to take the General’s spot. Have the area surveyed and then make estimations on how much time and how much in materials you need to use. Budget wisely and use today’s online venues to actually profit from Spring cleaning and home cleaning.

Yes, that’s right, profit.

How can one profit from cleaning the home? Well sit right back and watch.

First of all, after you’ve done your assessment, delegate the various jobs to the family members. If there’s really a lot to do like outside work from winter’s storms, then you might hire neighborhood kids, or people in town that you know. Hold a pancake or spaghetti chow down and toss them some dollars. It will get the job done right and you won’t end up losing time and more.

Look at the big items, if any, and plan on their storage. If people will be stopping by to pick up or buy from a yard sale, you’ll need plastic tarps and such to protect them. Sometimes that old dresser, and other larger items can go fast at a yard sale instead of selling them on Ebay. That’s the profit right there, Ebay.

Your primary goal is to clean the house but sometimes there are so many goodies to be found collecting dust that just itemizing them and putting them up for sale on Ebay can net a good penny or more.

Waste not, want not, is the old adage here.

Even though you’re enthusiastic with your team to clean, use safe products. Get new sponges and cloths and try to use products that won’t damage the paint, wood and other area. You want to get rid of the old crud and make way for the new. A good scrubbing here and there with a bit of elbow grease and you’ll have the place shiny as a new penny.

Once you’ve done the major part of the work, now comes the details. Double check window sills and other areas for sneaky bits of dirt and grime and insects. At this point you should be able to see how much damage the past year and especially winter has done inside and outside. Getting in on that information early means handling problems before they become disasters.

Now that all that’s done, you need to look at how you can prevent the amount of clutter and mess that accumulates during the year. If you had the habit of tossing stuff into the hallway closet or basement, make a little sign or note to remind you not to do that. After a while, you’ll notice that you don’t have that much more to clean up and worry about later.
Overall, Spring cleaning and home cleaning can be lots of fun. A sort of adventure that everyone can take part in.

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Vacation Condominium Cleaning Service in Clearwater

Vacation Condominium Cleaning Service in Clearwater by European Maids.

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